19th Annual Street Fair features over 70 Restaurants, Friday, May 2
Get ready for the BIG One! The Las Olas Wine and Food Festival takes place this Fridaty, May 2nd along Ft. Lauderdale’s Las Olas Blvd. Now celebrating its 19th year, the Festival is the the biggest and best food & wine street fest in Broward County, and one of the top fests in the country! And the best part, it all goes to benefit a very worthy cause -- the American Lung Association. As ALA Area Director Cariann Moore proudly notes, “the Festival raised hundreds of thousands [of dollars] for critical local and national lung health programs.”
The main event is the seemingly endless Block Party on Friday May 2 (7:30 - 10:00 p.m.) along Las Olas Blvd. (between S.E. 6th Ave. and S.E. 11th Ave.). Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to sip, sample, and stroll along four city blocks full overflowing with endless samplings of culinary creations from over 70 of South Florida’s top eateries, along with 50 wine, spirit, and craft beer tables, live entertainment, and general frivolity. And what a feast it will be! Just check out this lineup: Angus Steak House, Amatsu Sushi & Sake, American Social, Asia Bay Sushi Bar & Grill, BAO, Beauty & The Feast, Big City Tavern, Bokamper's, Bravo Italiano, Brew Urban Café, Brio Tuscan Grille, Café De Paris, Cafe Europa, Canale Restaurant and Bar, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Chimney House, Christina Wan’s, Crave Rum Deserts, D’Angelo Pizza + Wine Bar + Tapas, Dave & Buster’s, Deelishables, Dos Caminos, Five Sisters Bakery, French Quarter, Garlic Knot Pizza, Gelato Petrini, Giraffas, Gran Forno Pronto, Grille 401, Hard Rock Café, Indigo Restaurant, Inspiration/Vita Bakes Bakery, Joe’s Seafood Shack, Johnny V, Kelly’s Landing, Kilwin's, Luigi's Coal Oven Pizza, Mangos, Mardi Gras Casino, Myapapaya, New River Pizza+Grill, Publix Apron’s Cooking School, Rumi Lounge, S3, Sea Level, Sette Bello, Shula's On The Beach, Sky Thai Sushi, Steak 954, Stephen's Distributing, Sweet Nectar Charcoal Grill, Tap 42, Texas De Brazil, The Melting Pot, The Royal Pig, 3030 Ocean, Timpano Italian Chophouse, Trata Greek Taverna, Tuscan Grill, Via Luna at The Ritz-Carlton, VOODKA, Vita Coco, Whole Foods Market, Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille, YOLO, and more – along with 45+ wine and craft beer tables!
In addition, this year’s Festival also features a revamped VIP Privé Party, the famous Bombay Sapphire® Gin Lounge, the Shellback Caribbean Hut which (with its yummy rum cocktails!), and a Couture Fashion Show by the Fashion Honors Group of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. New this year is the New Amsterdam Shave Lounge, an early 1900s-style barbershop/bar setup that will offer FREE straight-razor shaves, shoe shines, and, of course, cocktails. Also new to the festival this year will be a lounge solely designated to La Marca, the top selling Prosecco in the country. This lounge will also have a photo booth to capture the moment of bubbly perfection.
“But wait - there’s More!” The celebration continues at the Bombay Sapphire After-Party at Vibe Las Olas beginning at 10:00 pm. (Please Note: VIBE has strict dress codes - no shorts, hats or sneakers).
General admission starts at 7:30 pm. VIP guests get to start an hour earlier, at the more intimate VIP Prive Party hosted by JM Lexus from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the beautiful Stranahan House. In addition to the sneak peak of food provided by The Capital Grille and Publix Aprons Catering, select wines, and live entertainment, there will even be an engraver selling personalized bottles of William Hill wine – plus an early Street Festival commencing at 7:30.
Bob Drinon, President and CEO of Premier Beverage (the Festival’s main sponsor), notes “The Las Olas Food &Wine Festival has made its mark in Fort Lauderdale as a destination for both locals and visitors. We are excited to partner with up The Discount Liquor Group this year, who will be taking orders of wines that can be purchased at the festival.” (Mark me down for a few bottles of La Marca, Bob!).
So eat, drink, socialize, dance, and enjoy! And remember – it all goes to a good cause! As Festival Director Cariann Moore states, “proceeds raised help save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through our education, advocacy and research efforts.”
Not a bad way to spend a Friday evening, don’t you think?
P.S. Although this is an outside event, it’s for the ALA – So please, NO SMOKING! (duh!).